Scan Method Types

Security Agents can use one of two scan methods when scanning for security risks. The scan methods are smart scan and conventional scan.

  • Smart Scan

    Security Agents that use smart scan are referred to as smart scan agents in this document. Smart scan agents benefit from local scans and in-the-cloud queries provided by File Reputation Services.

  • Conventional Scan

    Agents that do not use smart scan are called conventional scan agents. A conventional scan agent stores all Security Agent components on the endpoint and scans all files locally.